York St John is committed to maintaining the highest ethical
standards in research carried out by its staff and students.
The role of the University Research Ethics Sub Committee (URESC) is
to support the University’s research and academic activity by
considering policy and practice with respect to research
ethics. From an ethical standpoint, it considers proposals
for research or other research related projects that either cannot
be approved at faculty level or involve University-wide
research. All research projects carried out by staff
and students must comply with the University’s research ethics
terms of reference.
It is the responsibility of the member of staff or research
student leading the project to consult the relevant terms of
reference and ensure compliance.
The URESC is responsible for:
- Matters of general principle and policy on research ethics, and
as necessary to refer such matters to the Research Committee
following appropriate consultation.
- Approval for proposals that include research with significant
ethical dimensions (that are unable to be approved at faculty
- A framework of delegated authority
within which the likely benefits of research can be considered in
relation to the potential risks, with University values, and with
the highest standards of academic and professional integrity.
The full terms of
reference for URESC are also available.
Process for Research Ethics Approval
Please complete the following form before
the research begins:
The form is in four parts:
Part One: The
Initial Screening. Everyone complete this
Part Two: Decision
tree. This is completed if part one indicates that there
are ethical issues with the proposed research, but they may not
require a full proposal.
Part Three: Mitigation of
Ethical Concerns. This is completed if there are some
ethical issues which can be dealt with by following standard
Part Four: Ethics
Proposal. This is completed if there are substantial
ethical issues in the proposed research that require vetting by the
faculty or university ethics committee.
The Ethical Review
Flowchart will help you to determine the appropriate
ethical review for your research project.
You should ensure that your
application for research ethics approval is submitted at least 28
days in advance of the project start date.
There are four Faculty Research Ethics
Committees (FRECs) which deal with proposals relating directly to
the relevant Faculty. The terms of reference and points of
contact for each FREC are as follows:
If your project involves University-wide
research (eg research outside of the Faculties or
cross-Faculty research) or you represent an external body
seeking to carry out research at the University please complete the
Research Ethical Considerations Form referred to above and submit
to the Chair of the University Research Ethics Sub Committee
Please contact the relevant Faculty Chair or University
Chair with any queries on research ethics matters.
Association for Research Ethics
The University is a member of the
Association for Research Ethics
(AfRE) and receives copies of the Research Ethics
Review (official journal of AfRE) which is published on a
To read the full articles from any of the past
copies please refer to the copies of the journal available in the
University Library (174.2805 RES).